The New Year is just a week away and brings with it the opportunity for parents and teachers to communicate about a child’s social, emotional, and academic needs. What resources are available for your child with special needs? Join Nurse Rona and guests to discuss effective ways to recognize and negotiate for the best school environment, starting with preschool. • Wendy Byrnes, parent advocate and outreach coordinator for College Living Experience. • Dr. Eileen Crumm, MPA, PhD, the... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Your child may be smart, creative, and perceptive and also be challenging-impulsive, active, distractable. There are many causes for these problems, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is only one possibility. Guest Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell, MD, founder of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Massachusetts. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Each year approximately five hundred thousand babies are born prematurely in the United States. Preemies come with a special set of needs and concerns, including physical health challenges, developmental delays, and complex decisions for parents to make. Join Nurse Rona and guests for a discussion about caring for the child in your life while also taking care of your emotional health. • Alison Brooks, RNC, MS, the clinical nurse specialist in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Alta Bates... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Did you know that you could get your children on the road to reading simply by reading aloud to them every day? Tune in as Rona and her guests discuss wonderful ways to help your child fall in love with learning. Guests: Janell Flores, Director of San Francisco's Raising a Reader program, and Hildegarde Ayer, Executive Director of the Lee Pesky Learning Center and co-author of the new book Every Child Ready to Read. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
As more and more children attend pre-school, childcare providers and parents need to keep the social, emotional, and cultural needs of young children in mind. Guests: Karen Blinstrub, Executive Director of Child, Family and Community Services, Inc., and Dr. Paula Moten-Tolson of Safe Passages and First 5 Contra Costa. favoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Assistant Producer Anthony Georgetti speaks with the youth performers at Children's Fairyland about holiday traditions in different cultures. This segment originally aired during the December 20, 2008 Childhood Matters episode "Family Rituals and Traditions."
Nurse Rona's Community Forum airs Sundays from 6 to 6:30 AM on 98.1 KISS-FM. Take Five for First 5 with Susan Regan, Executive Director and Founder of Bay Area Children First (funded in part by First 5 Alameda). - http://www.baychild.org - http://www.ackids.org Getting Kids Excited About Food: • Denise Jardine, Community Educator with Whole Foods Market, gives tips on grocery shopping and cooking with kids. - http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America)...
Associate Producer Lacey Daniell spoke with Dr. David Alexander, President and CEO at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health about what unique challenges face families with children with special health care needs. For more information on the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, visit http://www.lpfch.org/
The stress of being a parent can lead to fights with your partner about money, chores, or the kids. Taking care of your relationship is important to the well-being of your family. Join Rona and guests, Joshua Coleman, PhD, parenting and relationship expert and author of The Marriage Makeover, and Rona's husband, Mick Renner, PhD, as they offer ideas for creating a healthy and happy environment for your family and give you tips for making-up after a fight.
Take Five for First 5, with Dawn Bussey of First 5 Santa Clara, on discipline. The Role Media Plays in the Lives of Kids: • Rebecca Randall, Director of Outreach at Common Sense Media. • Maria Alvarez, Spanish Media Spokesperson at Common Sense Media. Winter Health Tips: • Dr. Susan Lindheim of Kaiser Permanente in Richmond. Nurse Rona's Community Forum airs Sundays from 6 to 6:30 AM on 98.1 KISS-FM.
Starting at birth, your children will reach many milestones in how they play, learn, and speak. Developmental checkups are a great way to make sure that every young child is healthy and ready to learn and grow. Tune in when Nurse Rona, and her guest, Dr. Pamela Simms-Mackey, discuss developmental screening at regular doctor visits as a tool for early intervention.
Nurse Rona's Community Forum airs Sundays from 6 to 6:30 AM on 98.1 KISS-FM. Take Five for First 5 with Julie Kurtz of Kidango, a non-profit agency providing a variety of services for children and families in Alameda, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties. - http://www.kindango.org Using Dance to Unite the Community: • Julia Chigamba, Director of the Chinyakare Ensemble, on her decision to move from Zimbabwe to bring African dance and music to the United States. - http://www.chinyakare.com...
Individual county agencies and private foundations have found unique ways to address health care coverage. Guests: Karen Blinstrub, Executive Director of FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, is a major contributor to Santa Clara's ground-breaking model of universal health care. Srija Srinivasan represents the Peninsula Community Foundation in the community-wide partnership that has come together to launch the San Mateo County Children's Health Initiative.
Childhood obesity is a serious problem, but how do we make sure that our kids don't obsess over being thin? Forty percent of girls in first through fifth grades surveyed in 2003 reported they were trying to lose weight. Associate Producer Lacey Daniell spoke with Peggy Orenstein, a contributing editor for the New York Times Magazine (http://www.nytimes.com/pages/magazine), about modeling a healthy lifestyle. To read Ms. Orenstein's work, including the article that inspired this interview, visit...
Every month of pregnancy brings new questions for both women and their partners. Join Rona and guests Trish Booth, author of Pregnancy Q&A, and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Barbara Dehn as they answer some of yours.
In 1998, First 5 California and 58 County Commissions were developed throughout the state to work towards improving the lives of children ages 0-5 years old. First 5's programs are designed to ensure that more children are healthy at birth and beyond, are raised in nurturing homes, and are offered the social, emotional, and academic tools to succeed in school. Guests: Mark Friedman, Chief Executive Officer of First 5 Alameda County, Sean Casey, Executive Director of First 5 Contra Costa, Laurel...
After six years of being on the air, this will be our final show on 98.1 KISS-FM. We will continue on 105.1 K-OCEAN in Monterey and 1480 KGOE in Eureka - and we'll have a new Bay Area radio station very soon. We are proud of the virtual community of parents and providers we've built. Call us with your parenting questions and successes, tell us how Childhood Matters has made a difference in your life, and what topics you would like our future shows to cover. We will be joined by one of our most...
Stories are a wonderful way to communicate with children creatively about the good and more difficult things in life. Guests: Mike Berenstain, illustrator and coauthor of the Berenstain Bears series of books, Dr. Beth Halpert, child and family psychologist, and Claire Harrison, author of "Once Upon A Time: How Storytelling Can Help You Solve Day-to-Day Conflicts with your Toddler or Pre-Schooler".
If your child goes out trick-or-treating how much candy do you let them eat? At what age can they go by themselves? Do you allow your kids to sleep over at a friend’s house? If so, what questions do you ask ahead of time? From babysitters to relatives and neighbors, we often have other people care for our kids. Join Nurse Rona and guests to talk about how to maximize your child’s safety and good health. • Dr. Peggy Desler, MD, is a physician in the Department of Pediatrics and the chief...
Assistant Producer Anthony Georgetti speaks with parents at Habitot in Berkeley about preschool. This segment originally aired on our April 18, 2009 episode of Childhood Matters, "The Need for Preschool."
Assistant Producer Anthony Georgetti interviews a single father and a former single mother about dating as a single parent. This segment originally aired during the February 14, 2009 episode of Childhood Matters, "Single Parents and Dating."
Nurse Rona's Community Forum airs Sundays from 6 to 6:30 AM on 98.1 KISS-FM. Take Five for First 5 with Dan Delgado, MD, co-chair of the Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative at First 5 Santa Clara, and director of the Pediatric Healthy Lifestyle Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, on childhood obesity. Teaching Your Kids to Cook: • Matthew Locricchio, author of The 2nd International Cookbook for Kids. Setting Limits with Love: • Assistant Producer Anthony Georgetti...
Protecting Children from Lead Poisoning and Other Toxins October 22, 2006 Young children absorb proportionately more toxins than adults and their rapid development makes them more vulnerable to the negative health effects of lead and other environmental pollutants. Guests: Sharon Green, Community Outreach Coordinator with the Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, and Asa Bradman, PhD, Associate Director of the Center for Children's Environmental Health Research at U.C. Berkeley's...
Recently Oakland has been in the news pertaining to four eruptions of civil disobedience over the past two years, much of which involved youth. Yet little news coverage has reflected on the root causes of widespread inner-city anger in underserved communities. Join Nurse Rona guests for a discussion about bringing peace and hope to our communities and creating economic opportunities and youth leadership: • Maya Dillard Smith, strategic partnerships and investments director for Youth Uprising....
Assistant Producer Felsha Zuschlag speaks with David Haskell, director of the Garden of Eatin' project at the North Bay Children's Center about ways to encourage a love of the earth in our families, through gardening.
In honor of National Grandparents day, we'll focus on the unsung heroes… grandparents who are helping raise their grandchildren. At an age when many people retire and rest after their children grow up and leave home, a growing number of grandparents are stepping up to care for children who are in need. Join Nurse Rona and guests to understand more about the circumstances and experiences of grandparents raising their grandkids. Guests: Dr. Lenora Poe, author of Black Grandparents as Parents.
Assistant Producer Felsha Zuschlag spoke with youth from Youth Uprising about their thoughts on the changing face of California's Public Education. For more information on Youth Uprising and the work they are involved with, visit: http://www.youthuprising.org/history.htm
How is it possible for working parents to stay connected to their children? Guests: Kathy Truax, MFT, MA. Director of the Pregnancy and Early Parenting Center, a program of Family Service Agency of Marin County. Richard Eyre is the co-founder (with his wife, Linda Eyre) of valuesparenting.com.
Declaring a racial identity may be easy for most of us, but not for the increasing numbers of biracial and transracial children. Rona and guests Tarah Fleming, the Diversity Specialist at Berkeley's Childcare Health Program, and Joemy Ito-Gates, founder of the Fusion Program for Mixed Heritage Youth, discuss the unique issues facing multi-ethnic families.
Obesity in America has reached epidemic proportions. People are working to change their habits, but parents are often confused about what to feed their children and how to make healthy eating fit with their pocketbooks. Adults know that physical activity is important for children but many factors reduce a child's time to play. Computer time, television, unsafe neighborhoods, and reduced recess time at school all compete with physical activity. Join Nurse Rona and guests Amor Santiago, DPM, MPH,...
What does it take to raise happy, healthy, and emotionally sound young men? Rona's Book Club discusses Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys with author Michael Thompson, PhD, psychologist specializing in children and families, and Mary Jayne Sims, PhD, of the Early Childhood Mental Health Program at Oakland Children's Hospital.
Assistant Producer Felsha Zuschlag visited with the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Council and spoke with members about their visions of hope for the future. For more information on the MLK Jr. Youth Coucil, visit: http://sites.google.com/site/nurveyouthcouncil/
It's no surprise that Governor Schwarzenegger's May revision of the state budget calls for deep cuts in spending that upsets nearly everyone. What does this mean for kids and families, and how can you make your voice heard? Associate Producer Lacey Daniell spoke with Ted Lempert, the President of Children Now (http://www.childrennow.org), about the "Don't Cut Kids" Campaign. For more information: Read about the latest budget revisions at SFGate.com...
What is dyslexia? How can parents and teachers identify the early signs of this learning disability and help children be successful in school and feel good about themselves? Guests: Henry Winkler, award-winning actor, director and co-author of the book series, Hank Zipzer: The World's Greatest Underachiever, and Chris Voll, independent educational evaluator and school psychologist with the Albany Unified School District.
Nurse Rona's Community Forum airs Sundays from 6 to 6:30 AM on 98.1 KISS-FM. Take Five for First 5 with Richard Winefield, Executive Director, of the Bay Area Discovery Museum (funded in part by First 5 Marin), on engaging and educating children through interactive exhibits and events. -http://www.badm.org -http://www.marincfc.org Child Abuse Awareness: • Abigail Stewart-Kahn, Director of New Programming at the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. -http://www.sfcapc.org Keeping Arts...
Is your special needs child ready for pre-school - and is the pre-school ready for him or her? Rona and guests Rocio de Mateo Smith, Executive Director of Area Board 5 on Developmental Disabilities, and Michael Williams, Manager of Resource & Referral at the Contra Costa Child Care Council, discuss inclusion and the rights of parents of young children with special needs.
Approximately 1 out of every 8 babies are born prematurely in the U.S. What resources are available for their families and how do we ensure that premature children receive the care and opportunities they need for healthy development? Guests: Balaji Govindaswami, MD, MPH, Chief of Neonatology at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and Alison Brooks, RNC, MS, Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.
Traveling this summer with your family? Learn how to prepare yourself and your kids for a fun and safe summer vacation. Guests: Vicki Lansky, author of Trouble-Free Travel with Children; Dr. Susan Anderson, MD, Travel Tropical and Wilderness Medicine Consultant at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic.
When a childÂs physical and emotional needs are not met, their healthy development is impacted. Guests: Ken Borelli, LCSW, Deputy Director of the Department of Family and Children Services in Santa Clara County, and Kathy Truax, MFT, Director of the Pregnancy and Early Parenting Center at Family Service Agency of Marin.
Our children's future is dependent on a healthy and thriving planet. As parents and teachers, it's our responsibility to expose children to the beauty of the natural world and to help them understand their role within it. Join Nurse Rona, her guest, Allison Cook, a special project coordinator at the Story of Stuff Project, and callers as they discuss the significance of Earth Day, and what each of us can do to make a difference in cleaning up the planet.
Do you find yourself getting frustrated with your child's behavior? Children act the way they do for many reasons. Guest host: Mike Riera, Ph.D., author of Uncommon Sense for Parents With Teenagers. Guest: Dan Delgado, M.D., Pediatrician at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.